Toorak the Land of Plenty wins for Weir

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - MICHAEL MAN­LEY TOORAK HAND­I­CAP

DAR­REN Weir con­tin­ued his dom­i­na­tion of the Group 1 Toorak Hand­i­cap when he won the event for the fourth time in five years when Land Of Plenty over­came a wide draw to win.

His rider Damian Lane also made it back-to-back wins, hav­ing won the pre­vi­ous year on Weir’s Tosen Star­dom.

Weir’s Toorak Hand­i­cap win­ning streak be­gan in 2014 with Trust In A Gust, fol­lowed by Lucky Hus­sler the next year be­fore win­ning the past two run­nings.

Land Of Plenty ($4.20) com­pleted an un­likely Group 1 suc­ces­sive races dou­ble as he started from the out­side bar­rier of 19 while Am­phitrite, who won the Thou­sand Guineas, started from bar­rier 16.

Weir said he swore au­di­bly when Land Of Plenty drew bar­rier 19 on Wednesday but ev­ery­thing worked out for him.

“If you knew that was go­ing to hap­pen, if you knew some­one was go­ing to cart you into the race like that, and it was the same with Am­phitrite, you wouldn’t mind so much as they both got clear gal­lop­ing room late,” Weir said.

He said he had set Land Of Plenty for the Sir Ru­pert Clarke Stakes, which he fin­ished third in, and the Toorak.

“He was great in the other race and things didn’t work out but now we can say he’s won one,” he said.

Lane said he took his chances from an out­side draw in the early stages in the hope he could gain a mid-field spot.

“Lucky there was good speed and I got a lovely toe into the race,” Lane said.

Hart­nell ($9) ran a brave sec­ond with his big weight while Siege Of Que­bec ($10) fin­ished in third place.

NICE TRAIL: Land of Plenty jags the Toorak from out wide.

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